Our latest poll has revealed the true cost of holidays in 2011, when taking into account all spends aside from the cost of the actual holiday too. We also compared the figures to the cost of 2010 holidays, which shows that people spent less last year than they did the year before and will therefore have to spend even less this year; or so we hope!
We decided to carry out the research as part of an ongoing study into the habits of Britons abroad, but also to try and find how much people put towards their annual holiday overseas. We polled 1,502 people from across the country, all of whom went away on a family holiday (two adults and two children) for one week, self catering, in 2010 and 2011.
Initially, we asked respondents how much they spent on various aspects of their holiday in 2011, selecting from a list and stating the amount of money put towards it. The average answers were as follows:
– Travel – £530.67
– Accommodation – £473.05
– Spending money – £311.36
– Food – £190.23
– Travel insurance – £27.39
– Holiday clothes – £114.76
– Toiletries – £31.42
– Getting about (car hire/public transport) – £66.81
– Activities/excursions – £86.19
Responds were then asked to estimate the same figures from 2010, to which the average answers were as follows:
– Travel – £601.55
– Accommodation – £539.62
– Spending money – £449.12
– Food – £210.36
– Travel insurance – £24.82
– Holiday clothes – £156.17
– Toiletries – £27.18
– Getting about (car hire/public transport) – £72.99
– Activities/excursions – £117.06
With the cost of many holidays getting cheaper, combined with the amount of deals available, it means that more and more Brits are choosing to go on cheaper holidays. Obviously, in the current economical climate a lot of people are trying to save, but cutting out the summer holiday completely could just add to the stress of everyday life!
We weren’t all that shocked to find out that people spent less last year than in 2010. Saving throughout the year and sticking to a budget can ensure that you can afford to take a break this year.